Danny Garcia vs. Adrian Granados on April 20 on FOX
By Dan Ambrose: Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) will be fighting on April 20 against Adrian Granados (20-6-2, 14 KOs) on FOX, and Anthony Dirrell (32-1-1, 24 KOs) faces Avni Yildirim on FS1 on February 23.
This is a must win situation for Garcia. He’s got to win, look good and show that he still belongs with the elite in the welterweight division. On paper, Garcia wins this fight 10 out of 10 times, but you can’t dismiss Granados’ chances of winning due to his strong will to win. Granados gave Shawn Porter all he could handle last year in November in losing a 12 round decision. Porter got the win by the scores 117-111, 117-111 and 117-111, but he knew he’d been in a fight.
Garcia, 30, has lost two out of his last three fights since last year in defeats at the hands of Shawn Porter and Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman. Garcia’s losses were close ones, but he still came up short in both of the matches. At this point in Garcia’s career, he needs a clear win over a credible opponent. Granados, 29, isn’t viewed as an elite welterweight, but he’s someone that is good enough to give Garcia a good test to show off his boxing skills. Garcia needs to show that he’s a level above the fringe level fighters like Granados in the welterweight division.
Danny Garcia vs. Adrian Granados
Garcia, will be fighting a tough opponent in Granados at a still to be determined venue. The fight card starts at 8pm ET on FOX. Garcia lost his last fight to Shawn Porter by a 12 round unanimous decision in a battle for the vacant WBC welterweight title last September. Garcia tried his best, but Porter was relentless with his pressure. In the end, Garcia couldn’t keep up with the fast pace of the fight, and he ended up taking his second loss.
In the last four years, Granados has lost four times in defeats against Adrien Broner, Brad Solomon, Felix Diaz and Shawn Porter. Grandos gave all four of those fighters all kinds of problems. Those were all close decision losses for Granados. He deserved the victory over Broner last year, but came up empty in fighting in Adrien’s hometown of Cincinnati.
Anthony Dirrell vs. Avni Yildirim
Dirrell (32-1-1, 24 KOs) will be fighting Yildirim (21-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Council World Super Middleweight Title on February 23 on FS1 at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Dirrell-Yildirim card starts at 10 pm ET.
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